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Christian morality is hostile to the individual and society

Christian morality is hostile to the individual and society

"We have become so accustomed to the religious lie that surrounds us that we do not notice the atrocity, stupidity and cruelty with which the teaching of the Christian church is permeated." – Leo Tolstoy

I find it ironic that so many Christians are fond of touting the moral superiority of their faith when the stench of immorality wafts strongly from the very core of their indoctrination. It’s bad enough that the Christian church promotes itself as the supreme “Morality Indoctrination Machine,” but it is far worse that the church and most of it’s members actually believe that they also get to dictate the definition of morality.

Religion and morality do not go hand in hand. In fact, they are at the opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum. There is great truth in the old axiom,

“Morality is doing what is right, regardless of what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, regardless if it is right”

The central dogmas and beliefs of the Christian religion are far from being the wonderful moral standards most people believe them to be. In fact, most of them are contrary to our well-being. They are hostile to the individual and to society, and sitting atop the dung heap of Christian immorality is their tale of the Crucifixion of Christ, or what I like to call it…

A Religion Based On Human Sacrifice…

Let’s face it, the idea that it takes a blood sacrifice to save us from our sins is a grievously immoral notion. Of course, the believer is blinded to the idea that even though they believe (for the most part) that their doctrine reveals Jesus Christ to be god, it also regards him as fully human, thus making every part of their fairy tale from the “Passion” all the way up to the “Crucifixion” nothing more than a human sacrifice. Add to this the doctrine of original sin and you end up with a dogma of barbaric proportions. If the doctrine of the redemption is put into secular terms, it would be morally reprehensible.

It is clear that the purpose of Christian doctrine is to instill a feeling of guilt. There can be no other logical purpose because fear and guilt are the basic emotions that Christianity plays upon. I’ve stated many times that fear alone is all that is needed to cause someone in a weakened or emotional mental state to respond to the efforts of the evangelist and actually believe what amounts to be the biggest cock-and-bull story ever told. But to keep them in line, fear is not enough. For that, you need copious amounts of guilt. A fearful person is more likely to rebel than the person who is also riddled with guilt.

Religion, The Millennial Brain Eater…

Christian “morality” is nothing more than a primitive system of rewards and punishments. The fear of burning in hell for eternity combined with the guilt of being the direct cause of the suffering (the torture and crucifixion of Christ) is what keeps Christianity propagating like a virus, eating away at the healthy flesh of humanity as it has been doing for thousands of years.

The more control the church has on the individual vis-à-vis the doctrines of a particular denomination, the more retarded the individual’s ability becomes to use their minds independently. This is why there are so many cults in the confines of Christianity, and why Catholicism in particular endures, what with the actual Vicar of Christ being alive on earth and the ultimate authority on every aspect of the life of the believer. Protestantism achieves this goal through the equally nefarious pretense of biblical literalism.

Take heaven and hell, please…

In its pristine form, the idea of heaven and hell is completely immoral as it is, by default, hostile to reason and promotes an aversion to the value of life in the here-and-now. These two mythical abodes lie at the core of Christian dogma, and everything the evangelist does to convert the infidel comes back to these concepts and whether or not the individual who is the target of the evangelist chooses to believe that,

“…a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree”

Sounds funny, and this quote is often used by many of us to show just how ridiculous the core beliefs of Christianity really are and how they elevate ignorance and denigrate reason and logic. I've used this quote in my previous book for similar reasons. But when you examine the entirety of this statement and the fact that it is central to the faith, all that is left for the thinking person to do is to bury our heads in our hands and say to ourselves,

Oh, The Immorality…

It is the repugnance of reason and logic that are required to become a Christian that lie at the core of its immorality and explain the thousand-year stagnation of intellectual thought that started with the Dark Ages and continues to pervade the lives of billions of human beings and a good number of politicians.

In short, the perversion we know as Christianity not only stagnates the human condition, but also manages to reverse human values. Suffering becomes noble and death becomes eternal life. Blood sacrifices, blood rituals and the bloody image of the man on the cross only tell the believers that suffering and misery are our lot in life and the only way to escape it is by death. A more evil system is difficult to contemplate.

The Travesty Of A Fettered Mind…

Christianity is inherently anti-knowledge in that the only knowledge acceptable is contained in the dogmas of the church, and that faith is elevated above reason. It is unknown how many otherwise productive minds were lost to the imagined subservience to Christ in the world’s convents and monasteries. The loss of so much human potential is staggering when one considers the sheer number of people who have been convinced that all the answers they will need in life can be found between the covers of a two thousand year old book.

“Who needs the university when the answer to every question is contained in a collection of bronze-aged scribbling authored by ignorant, uneducated, delusional goat-herders that was cobbled together by a group of equally ignorant, delusional misogynists?” – Me

Christianity operates under the “malevolent universe” premise, which holds that humans are destined to a life of pain and suffering because pain and suffering are the natural state of life and not only are all people inherently evil, but the world itself is evil and the only hope that humanity has for happiness is in another form of existence, eternal life in paradise after we die.

I Once Was Lost…

The history of the Christian religion shares one main factor with many other religions, particularly the “revealed” faiths, and that is the near total failure of believers to think rationally. One is not “lost” without a mythical savior such as Jesus. It is when we are without reason that we become “lost,” but not on some non-existent spiritual plane, and this is where the immorality of Christian morality becomes the most visible to the reasoned individual.

The free-thinking person is “saved” from the mental illness of delusional religious belief, where reality is turned on its head and evil means not following orders. Where thinking independently and questioning ancient dogmas and mythologies are considered taboo, along with the reason and putting our minds to productive use.

In the grand scheme of things, it is Christianity, which is immoral because it demands the acceptance of its doctrines on faith, regardless if those doctrines cause unnecessary pain and suffering. Only when unfettered by the constraints of dogma, doctrine and superstition is a person able and willing to stand alone, whenever necessary, and tell the majority that they are wrong.

Atheism allows for the only honest, rational and moral position to hold.


Excerpted from my book, "Free Thoughts – A Collection Of Essay's By An American Atheist"

About Al Stefanelli

Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
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  • just saying

    Fear and guilt are overplayed. Many people attend churches as civic duty, a social norm, and to be part of a community. Singing together, joining hands, being welcomed, and cake and coffee afterwards – not a bad way to spend a couple hours.

  • A little harsh, don't you think?

  • Peter

    I thought people
    might find this interesting. It's by Acharya S/Murdock author of The
    Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold
    . It details the Christian
    atrocities through the centuries up to the present including Catholic
    involvement in Viet Nam and Rwanda.


  • You might extend this to show Christianity to also be anti-democratic. We must all kowtow to an all powerful tyrant in the sky. – In reality to a bunch of clerics who have interpreted "the word" for us.

  • I would like to meet the man who wrote this post. He seems to be ignorant of a lot of things, yet he calls himself a former southern baptist. the southern baptist convention may have some anti-gay sentiments, but they are not all alike.

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